David Toutain made his big break in cookery at just 20 years of age, when the Normandy-born chef started working at a renowned Parisian restaurant, the Arpège. He completed his training at the Ambroisie restaurant, alongside distinguished chefs Bernard Loiseau and Pierre Gagnaire and soon after met Marc Veyrat, known for his innovative use of herbs and plants in cookery. He later opened his own restaurant with a bright, refined décor offering inventive dishes full of surprises and served by attentive staff. A culinary experience not to be missed.
Pavillon Ledoyen: The Michelin-starred chef, Yannick Alléno, serves up local dishes and distinct flavors on the Champs-Elysées. His philosophy and fine recipes are showcased at this gourmet restaurant in the opulent Napoleon III room, situated in the gardens of the Champs-Elysées.
La Tour d’Argent: Another world-renowned culinary institution in Paris is La Tour d’Argent which has played a part in the capital's heritage since the 17th century. Situated on the banks of the Seine, this top-floor restaurant offers an outstanding view of the Notre-Dame cathedral, and continues its tradition of excellence with dishes by Chef Philippe Labbé. The pressed duck (Canard de Chaland au sang) is a house specialty, and is highly recommended. Diners who order the duck receive a postcard with the bird's serial number, now well over one million. It was here that the fork was first used. Be sure to pay a visit to the restaurant's magnificent wine cellar after dinner.
Alliance: Between the left bank of the Seine and Boulevard St Germain, Alliance restaurant serves up dishes created with seasonal ingredients from different areas of France. The restaurant was born out of a sense of passion from two people who had worked in various restaurants for 15 years, and decided to start a collaboration in 2012. In the kitchen, Toshitaka Omiya (previously a chef at Le Cinq and Agapé) and in the dining room, Shawn Joyeux (previously maître d’ at Ralph’s), demonstrate their talent in this modern setting.
Le Grand Restaurant: A contemporary restaurant offering original dishes with home-cooked flavors, where Jean-François Piège is known for his creativity and savoir-faire. The words “unhurried” and “creative freedom” come to mind at this gourmet restaurant, where the diner's experience is given prime importance.
Divellec: This legendary seafood restaurant near Invalides station is the result of distinguished Chef Mathieu Pacaud, who is at the helm with his father Bernard. After having worked together at Ambroisie, the father-son duo came together once again, this time branching out on a new adventure: Divellec.
Kei restaurant: Japanese chef Kei Kobayashi, a former student of Alain Ducasse, finds the perfect balance between flavors and textures, serving up beautifully presented refined dishes that could be described as French haute cuisine with an Asian twist. His expertly crafted, minimalist creations will take you through a myriad of flavors that will leave a lasting impression.
Les Chouettes: At the heart of Le Marais, you'll discover a typical Parisian venue with gorgeous décor. Make way for fine French cuisine, served by a roaring fireplace in the coldest hours of winter. Open every day of the year.
Daroco: In a spectacular setting - previously home to Jean Paul Gaultier's flagship store - the restaurant's high mirrored ceilings and marble tabletops make for the perfect place to peruse a magnificent, minimalist menu. Dishes are made using authentically sourced produce, supplied by the Italian artisan store Terra Candido in Paris, but also directly sourced from Italy. Discover all that Daroco has to offer while sipping an exquisite cocktail made by the head bartender.
Restaurant Passerini: Giovanni Passerini is back on the scene. You’ll find him in the bright, open kitchen that's been stripped back and refined. In the restaurant, the Art Deco wall lighting and 50's-style orb lights suspended from the ceiling complement the vintage furniture. Giovanni cooks up a flexible menu of popular Italian dishes, served twice a day (lunch and dinner).
Le Servan: The Levha sisters at the helm of this recently lauded Parisian bistro have transformed what was once a soulless café into a charming restaurant. The vibrant dishes from a menu that changes every day includes traditional classics fused with Filipino flavors, reflecting the sisters' heritage. This great spot has a typical Parisian ambience in a minimalist setting.
Papillon: The young and talented Christophe Saintagne has escaped the glow of the luxury Parisian restaurants he used to cook at to create his own path at his very own restaurant, Papillon. The three Michelin-starred restaurant serves authentic dishes made with exceptional produce. The young but professional wait staff and the light, subtle décor make this a gourmet dining venue not to be missed! The adjoining store boasts fine ingredients so guests can savor the moment a little bit longer.
L'Ami Jean: Trained by Yves Camdeborde and Christian Constant (alumni from Hôtel de Crillon), Stéphane Jégo is at the helm of this successful Basque bistro, which has stood in the 7th arrondissement since the 30s. The reasons behind its success? A beautiful, rustic interior, generous portions, innovative cuisine and a great review of the restaurant in the New York Times from 2007.
Chez Georges, rue du Mail: In the Sentier district of Paris you'll find another culinary institution, founded in 1964. Stools, counters, stucco and mirrors abound: this authentic Parisian bistro has preserved its original décor as well as its ambience. Typical French cuisine and traditional dishes are served, such as sole meunière, rognons de veau and hareng vinaigrette.
La Régalade St Honoré: Bruno Doucet is an uncontested master of bistro cuisine, and one of his three restaurants in Paris just so happens to be less than 2 km from Hôtel de Crillon, A Rosewood Hotel. It's right next to the Louvre and the canopy of Les Halles. Treat your taste buds to the chicken terrine, braised beef cheek or even the rice pudding, to be enjoyed without moderation in this contemporary, bright locale. Delicious food and unbeatable value-for-money, especially considering the area.
Lapérouse: Set in a majestic 18th century townhouse, covered in wooden panels and gilding, this popular haunt offers cozy “snugs” you can nestle into and magnificent views over Paris from the first-floor dining rooms. The chef, Jean-Sébastien Pouch - a former sous-chef of Eric Fréchon - serves French cuisine in what is undeniably one of the most romantic restaurants in Paris.